Creative Avoidance - The "New" Procrastination

By Pete Ferguson

What's on your "to do" list today? I'm not talking about doing laundry or taking out the garbage, what are the really big items, like write a book, go to Africa, open a business? And a better question, perhaps, is how long has it been on your list?

Author Rory Vaden of "Take the Stairs" has dissected the eternal inhibitor - procrastination - into three categories that are brilliant.

The first, as Rory pointed out on the Ziglar Success 2.0 webcast hosted by my friend Joel Boggess last night, is the classic procrastination. This year I need to get my driver's license renewed, but I'll likely wait until the very last moment because it is a pain. I have so many better choices for my time and the DMV does not value my time in the stupidity of forms, lines, fees, poor customer service, etc. So I'll likely procrastinate.

The next one really got my attention: Creative Avoidance. I want to start a podcast interviewing 100 people on why they love what they do. I have all the equipment, I'm a tech junky so that part was fun and I knew how to do it. But I keep finding other things to do that are "more important," or at least I've rationalized that the other things are "more urgent."

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